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The County of Norfolk

Publications from CEAS which deal with places in the county other than Norwich or themes across the county.

A Brush with Heritage - The History of Hamilton Acorn

Brushmaking has, for centuries, been an important Norfolk industry. The book traces the history of brushmaking's oldest company, Hamilton Acorn and others, such as the Briton Brush Company of Wymondham, which it has absorbed over the 250 years that it has existed in the county. It tells a fascinating story of risk-taking, and innovation and the endeavours of successive generations to steer the business through changing and ofter difficult times.
Book   Christine Clark     ISBN 0 906219 41 8     £5.95     Add this item to your basket

Halls of Zion: Chapels and Meeting Houses in Norfolk

Norfolk has long been noted for the strength of its non-conformist beliefs and there are few towns and villages in the county which cannot boast at least one chapel or meeting-house. Such buildings have play a central role in the lives of generations of Norfolk people and make a vital contribution to the county's landscape. Halls of Zion explores this rich legacy. Through the results of a county-wide survey, it tells the fascinating story both of the chapels themselves - their changing architectural styles, their monuments, burial grounds and school rooms - and of the communities and beliefs which created and sustained them.
Book   Janet Ede, Norma Virgoe & Tom Williamson     ISBN 0 906219 35 3     £6.95     Add this item to your basket

Norfolk Landowners since 1880

The Times in 1920 commented: 'all England seems to be changing hands'. This book observes the phenomenon from the Norfolk standpoint, examining the decline of its large landowners in the century after 1880. Estates were sold and broken up, houses demolished and old county families disappeared. It is a fascinating story, profoundly affecting the economic, social and political fabric of the county.

Pam Barnes is a graduate of the University of East Anglia, receiving her doctorate for a thesis on Landed estates in Norfolk: 1880 - 1960.

Book   Pam Barnes     ISBN 0 906219 329     £6.00     Add this item to your basket

Ploughboy's Progress: The Life of Sir George Edwards

Born into terrible poverty in rural Norfolk in the middle of the nineteenth century, in later years George Edwards would be Member of Parliament for South Norfolk, a knight and OBE for his services to agriculture and the agricultural worker.

He wrote his autobiography, 'From Crow-scaring to Westminster' but left it to his son to complete this biography, particularly of his later years. With a foreword from renowned social historian Alun Howkins Noel Edwards tells the story of his father George, a veteran of the labour movement.

Book   Noel G. Edwards     ISBN 0 906219 46 9     £10.00     Add this item to your basket

The Population of Victorian & Edwardian Norfolk

Initially Alan Armstrong was based in Norfolk in the late 1950s. Later in life he would become Professor of Economic and Social History at the University of Kent. He was among the first scholars to make systematic use of the nineteenth century enumerators' returns.

He has remained especially interested in demographic analysis as an approach to understanding economic and social change, and combines his academic skills and his long-standing interest in the county of Norfolk to provide this first population history of Norfolk in modern times.

Book   Alan Armstrong     ISBN 0906219507     £7.95     Add this item to your basket

Thetford Forest

Thetford Forest, the largest area of pine woodland in lowland England is one of the most striking and distinctive of East Anglia's landscapes. Yet it is also the most recently created, for the Forestry Commission only began planting here in 1922. Using the evidence of maps and documents, and the reminiscences of former Forestry Commission workers, this book explains why the forest is here, and how it came to look the way it does.

The book discusses the old Breckland landscape of great estates, heathland and rabbit warrens, before describing how the land for the forest was acquired, how the trees were planted, and how they were managed and protected. It shows how the landscape which we see today has been shaped by a a complex, ever-changing constellation of social, economic and environmental forces.

Book   Kate Skipper & Tom Williamson     ISBN 0906219450     £6.50     Add this item to your basket


A Brush with Heritage - The History of Hamilton Acorn
Halls of Zion: Chapels and Meeting Houses in Norfolk
Norfolk Landowners since 1880
Ploughboy's Progress: The Life of Sir George Edwards
The Population of Victorian & Edwardian Norfolk
Thetford Forest
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